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Dog theft: The statistics

The much publicized campaign to find Murphy – a Siberian Husky who went missing in Bradford on 4 December 2014, has garnered much response from the general public as well as support by politicians and celebrities across the country.

murphy2Murphy’s disappearance has put the spotlight on dog theft as many dog owners believe the theft of dogs is on the rise and the police are not doing enough to tackle the situation.

After speaking to dog owners and highlighting their concerns in our article yesterday (Find Murphy campaigners continue their search), early today, Urban Echo contacted West Yorkshire Police to find the facts and look at the statistics on dog theft within our region. Is dog theft on the rise or on the decline?

A spokesman from West Yorkshire Police informed us; “We take all reports of theft extremely seriously and work with householders and businesses to offer crime prevention advice.

“In particular with dogs, we would encourage their owners to get them micro-chipped and ideally keep them indoors or in secure premises when home alone. Where a dog has not been micro-chipped it can be difficult to trace them and return them to their rightful owner.”

240_Dog-Theft-fullIt is clear that West Yorkshire Police are determined to find the culprits who partake in this crime and by looking at the statistics, dog theft has declined from 2013 to last year. In 2013, 211 dogs were recorded as lost or stolen within West Yorkshire and of those 211, 64 were recorded in Bradford, 80 in Leeds, 33 in Wakefield, 11 in Calderdale and 23 in Kirklees.

However in 2014, dogs recorded as lost or stolen in West Yorkshire had declined to 162 – almost 50 less cases than the previous year. In Bradford alone, 22 less cases were recorded than the previous year.

If anyone has witnessed the theft of an animal or know the whereabouts of Murphy, please contact West Yorkshire Police.

 2013 offences

Between 01/01/2013 and 31/12/2013 there were 211 dogs recorded as Lost or Stolen across West Yorkshire.

District Name  Leeds Wakefield Bradford Calderdale Kirklees Force
Offence Count 80 33 64 11 23 211
Offences (%) 37.91 15.64 30.33 5.21 10.90 100
Crimes per 1000 Population 0.011 0.010 0.012 0.005 0.005 0.009

Theft of dog offences per District (West Yorkshire) (01/01/13 – 31/12/13)

 

2014 offences

Between 01/01/2014 and 31/12/2014 there were 162 dogs recorded as Lost or Stolen across West Yorkshire.

District Name  Leeds Wakefield Bradford Calderdale Kirklees Force
Offence Count 49 39 40 12 22 162
Offences (%) 30.25 24.07 24.69 7.41 13.58 100
Crimes per 1000 Population 0.007 0.012 0.008 0.006 0.005 0.007

Theft of dog offences per District (West Yorkshire) (01/01/14 – 31/12/14)

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